Fuji Minx Video Gets Banned from YouTube June 25, 2010

Fuji Minx Video Gets Banned from YouTube

YouTube has once again censored a video without a good explanation. It sounds to me like a few people were offended by the content and wanted to make sure no one else could see it either.

This time, the victim is the video for the song “The Music Made Me Do it” by the band Fuji Minx (possibly NSFW).

Meh. I don’t see the big deal.

Mild nudity + Christian symbols + overblown hype = When’s Bill Donohue going to show up?

After nearly a week on YouTube and over 12,000 views, YouTube took it down.

The video features a scene of lead singer Greta Valenti dressed as a body painted topless devil, writing confess on a picture of the pope before setting it and an alter alight.

Valenti is author of the blog Masturbating Catholic.

According to a press release from the band:

YouTube refuses to answer why the video was taken down, saying only “We are unable to provide specific detail regarding your account suspension or your video’s removal.”
Some say the video was taken down for the brief bits of nudity in the video, according to their terms they DO allow some nudity on their site.

I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes at YouTube but there’s no reason to take down this video.

Don’t like it? Don’t watch it. It’s simple.

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  • Sarah TX.

    Umm… is it because that lady is in blackface? That doesn’t seem like an appropriate depiction of a devil to me, all things considered.

  • Jeff

    It’s the boobs, plain and simple. They probably only allow nudity for educational purposes.

  • Pareidolius

    I think that’s technically “greenface”. Angry ETs?

  • Parse

    I’m actually surprised it lasted as long as it did. Officially, YouTube doesn’t hate nipples, but enough of the Puritalibanis do to flag such things into oblivion.

    For such people, it isn’t sufficient that they don’t watch it; they want to ensure that nobody else can watch it either.

  • sc0tt

    That’s more nipple than I generally see on YouTube… had to pause a few times and zoom in to make sure… yup.

  • bigjohn756

    Come on, Hemant! People of this ilk who do not like something must be certain that NOBODY can enjoy it. East Texas is crammed with folks who are controllers like this. Bigots such as these are that ones who scare me the most. They are the folks who push for amendments and laws which remove individual rights for those of us who are open minded and accepting of other peoples rights.

  • Nicole

    Nipples = coming off youtube

    It probably had less to do with the religion than you think.

  • It’s catchy. I wasn’t offended once. Actually, when I think about it, the bible is more offensive… we should totally censor the hell out of that shit.

  • Jon Peterson

    Yeah, I get the feeling that the amount and clarity (it’s not like it was fuzzy and distant… it was in-focus and at times filled a large portion of the screen) of the breast screentime is what actually caused the ToS violation (6-E, below).

    You further agree that you will not submit to the Service any Content or other material that is contrary to the YouTube Community Guidelines, currently found at http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines, which may be updated from time to time, or contrary to applicable local, national, and international laws and regulations.

    And the relevant text within those guidelines:

    Sex and Nudity
    Most nudity is not allowed, particularly if it is in a sexual context. Generally if a video is intended to be sexually provocative, it is less likely to be acceptable for YouTube. There are exceptions for some educational, documentary and scientific content, but only if that is the sole purpose of the video and it is not gratuitously graphic. For example, a documentary on breast cancer would be appropriate, but posting clips out of context from the documentary might not be.

    The video as a whole may not have been sexually provocative, but those specific scenes arguably were.

    And to clarify, I’m not arguing that YouTube made the correct judgement in taking it down… I’m merely pointing out that they have full justification within their Terms, and not for a pro-religious reason.

  • Gavin

    Maybe they just banned it because it sucks?

  • Rooker

    “Don’t like it? Don’t watch it. It’s simple.”

    If only the Moral Brigade could be convinced to do that. But no, these people who stockpile massive arsenals of hunting rifles in anticipation of the day when the people rise up against a gubbermint out of control are the first and loudest to demand that the gubbermint PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM IMMORAL FILTH ON TEEVEE!

    God forbid you show boobs at the Super Bowl, even by accident for a split second. Fire and brimstone will shortly be raining down from the heavens. But Chuck Norris decapitating a dozen communist invaders from Cuba with an Uzi during Prime Time? That’s just good, wholesome entertainment.

  • bigjohn756

    Please notice that the human body is not considered sinful in most of Europe(and I am sure in many other civilized places). Only the God fearing folk of the Western Hemisphere revile His creation of us in His image. I guess that God and his consorts don’t have nipples or other disgusting parts like real people do.

  • Houndies

    i liked that! think i’ll check out mo’ o’ their stuff.

  • Deiloh

    man chest = okay
    man boob = okay
    fatty wiggly man boob = okay

    curvy woman boob with nipple = OMG!!

  • matt

    YouTube does not allow female nipples. Ever. I was suprised it lasted as long as it did.

  • Hitch

    Unfortunately youtube is very strict on nudity. It’s very easy to get anything that is in any way nude (exposed breasts etc) flagged and removed. Reflection of American puritanism I fear, as well as the legal system. YouTube’s flagging system is reactive. If someone flags they are inclined to take down because if they don’t and there is a legal case they are in the loop. Whereas if they comply they have a case of compliance.

    YouTube is unfortunately not the place for stuff that expands the envelope in a certain direction. Luckily there are alternatives.

  • Those “East Texas controllers” must love their job… searching day and night for female nipples to ban. If people stopped posting such things, the “controllers” may need therapy for withdraw symptoms and depression.

  • Dan W

    I’m sure it was flagged by a bunch of fundies who didn’t like the nudity and the way she used religious symbols (etc) in the video. Youtube really needs to fix the flagging system so some morons with puritan-esque values can’t get rid of anything they don’t like. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. It’s that simple.

  • Where’s Frank Zappa when you need him?

  • rhis

    I liked the music. Does the band have other songs? It doesn’t seem like their website links to any.

  • blueridgelady

    ladies, our breasts are disgusting and must be censored immediately!

    I never understood where the lines are drawn with this sort of thing. Put a Mature Audience block like the rest of youtube and be done with it.
    It’s funny to me that on TV we have no problem with people murdering each other but a one-inch piece of skin freaks everyone out.

  • Yeah, it was clearly banned for the nudity. Shame really, it is kind of a catchy tune.

  • Mikko

    time to ban youtube

  • muggle

    Disclaimer: my six year old grandson is sitting next to me on the couch and peeking at what’s on my laptop so I’m not playing it (right now anyway).

    However, given some videos I’ve seen on You Tube, I’m betting it’s the nudity, not the religion. At the post above, I kept clicking on other videos of college students taking down preachers on campus (and lmao which is probably why the grandson’s curious about what I’m doing on-line). Has Pat Condell ever been banned? They don’t seem to censor the poking fun of religion much.

    It’s probably the nudity.

  • «bønez_brigade»

    Wicked song & vid. There appeared to be a scarlet A on her right breast.

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